What to Keep in Mind When Looking for a New Job

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a hand checks off a box on a checklistJordan WarshafskyBy Jordan Warshafsky, Partner, Ashton Tweed

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Pay, location, and job responsibilities are important details when looking for a new job. However, there are other, less concrete factors that greatly influence your well-being in the office. These things cannot be overlooked in your job search, because they directly impact your day-to-day life.


Company Culture

What are the values of the company? Will you fit in with the employees there? Do you enjoy the atmosphere and attitude? Make sure you investigate these things, whether online, by word-of-mouth, or by visiting the company in person. Evaluate whether there could be potential conflicts with these aspects of the company. Work/life balance also falls under this category. Does their balance suit you?



Do you respect the leaders there? Can you learn and grow from them? This is important to consider, because lack of inspiration from your leaders can lead to less productivity and ultimately less growth within the company. Working for a company where the leaders don’t impress you should make you question: Where would I go from here?



What is the relationship like between managers and employees? Do they interact with each other regularly? Do you see friendly relationships amongst coworkers? It is beneficial to predict what your role will be in the office. You don’t want to be micromanaged, so observe whether your supervision will allow for freedom as well as structure.



Will you be able to see your contribution to the company in the big picture? Does your work matter to you and will your accomplishments satisfy you while you are there? When you are a cog in a wheel, it often takes a keener eye to see the impact you are making. Being able to see and appreciate the difference you make is an important motivator for some – so make sure to give it your consideration.


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